DECEMBER GARDEN CHECKLIST
- IT'S NOT TOO LATE -- There is still time to plant spring-flowering
bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus and the like. Put in garlic
if you haven't done so already.
- CLEAN UP -- To forestall disease on fruit trees and roses, rake
fallen leaves and petals. Remove shriveled fruit. Pull up spent annuals
and vegetable debris. Rake leaves and make compost. Keeping the garden
clean and trim also prevents heavy slug and snail infestation.
- SOW SEED -- Fall is an excellent time to plant a new lawn, or
reseed bare, overused areas.
- FERTILIZE -- Lawns and newly planted cool-season annuals and
vegetables could use a shot of high nitrogen fertilizer this month. Manures,
organic fertilizers and lime should be added to vegetable and flower beds
that will be planted next spring.
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